Triumph Australia has launched its new-generation Rocket 3 cruiser, which is available in two variants: R and GT.
The bike is priced from $27,990 plus on-road costs for the R, and $28,990 for the GT.
Powered by a massive 2458cc inline triple, the Rocket 3 features the largest-capacity engine in series production.
Both the R and GT deliver 125kW and 221Nm. Compared to the previous-generation model, the new Rocket 3 delivers 11 per cent more grunt and has a higher redline of 7000rpm.
The engine has also lost 18 kilograms, with a new crankcase assembly, lubrication system and balancer shafts.
Meanwhile, an all-new aluminium frame with a forward-facing intake also helps to shed weight.
Overall, the new Rocket 3 is 40 kilograms lighter than the outgoing bike, and comes highly specified with adjustable 47mm Showa forks, a fully adjustable Showa monoshock as well as Brembo monobloc brakes with floating discs.
In terms of technology, the bike boasts a high-end TFT instrument cluster, optimised cornering ABS/traction control, four riding modes, LED lighting, hill hold control, cruiser control, keyless ignition and heated grips on the GT variant.
The Rocket 3 now uses a six-speed helical cut gearbox, which Triumph says is smoother, stronger and lighter for increased torque capacity.
To lower maintenance, the bike employs a new shaft drive system and a torque assist hydraulic clutch.
Distinguishing the two variants, Triumphs says the R is a ‘muscle roadster’ with its mid-mounted controls, a 773mm seat height and roadster handlebars, while the GT is more comfort-oriented with a 750mm seat height and heated grips.
The R will be offered in Korosi Red and Phantom Black, while the GT also gets Silver Ice and Storm Grey paint options.
Triumph Australia says it will offer 50+ accessories. Luggage options include a cast aluminium pannier with a retractable/lockable mounting system, 20-litre sports panniers, a 12-litre magnetic tank bag and a nine-litre quick-release tail bag.
Using a new liquid cooling system, the Rocket three passes Euro 5 emissions requirements, and returns a solid fuel efficiency rating of 6.82L/100km.
Triumph Australia has set service intervals at a fairly high 16,000 kilometres.
|NEW ROCKET 3 R||NEW ROCKET 3 GT|
|Engine Type||Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC|
|Bore/Stroke||110.2 mm x 85.9 mm|
|Maximum Power||165 bhp (123 kW) @ 6000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||221Nm @ 4,000rpm|
|Fuel system||Ride-by-wire, fuel injected|
|Exhaust||Stainless 3-into-1 headers with 3 exit silencer / CAT box|
|Final drive||Shaft, bevel box|
|Frame||Full aluminium frame|
|Instruments||TFT multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, clock and rider modes (Rain/Road/Sport/Rider-configurable) –
Triumph TFT Connectivity System can be added with accessory fitted Bluetooth module
|Swingarm||Single-sided, cast aluminium|
|Front Wheel||17 x 3.5in cast aluminium|
|Rear Wheel||16 x 7.5in cast aluminium|
|Front Tyre||150/80 R17 V|
|Rear Tyre||240/50 R16 V|
|Front Suspension||Showa 47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjuster. 120mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 107mm rear wheel travel.|
|Front Brake||Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema® 4-piston radial monobloc calipers,
|Rear Brake||Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS|
|Dry Weight||291 kg||294 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||18 L|
|Fuel Consumption||6.82 l/100km (32.43 MPG)|
|CO2 Emissions||EURO 5 Standard: 158g/km|
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